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On Thursday, the @EIB board (Member States, @EU_Commission) decides whether funding #gas infrastructure is still in the public interest.

I shuffled through the extraordinary amount of voices saying "no, we've got better things to fund" and put them in this THREAD.

30 businesses, investment groups and scientific institutions including @WMBtweets @cisl_cambridge @PIK_Klima @ClubOfRome @climatebonds…
Economist Prof. @CKemfert clearly tells us that we're setting us up for another badly managed transition with #strandedassets if we use public funding for #fossilfuels as renewables and efficiency will undercut the market for gas.… @OlafScholz
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#OnThisDay 30 years ago, Margaret Thatcher became the first leader of any major nation to call for a #UnitedNations treaty on #climate change
You can watch the speech here or read it here - it remains IMHO one of the best speeches ever given on the subject, especially given the year and the context
Unusually for any leader's #UNGA speech, she devoted the entire thing to a single issue - '...the threat to our global environment'
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I had to remind myself but it’s always on my mind so it was easy... here we go, I’ve a short story for you all
back in 1997 the world agreed binding quantified emissions cuts for the industrialised countries (“annex I”) in the Kyoto Protocol which was eventually ratified by enough countries to enter into force in 2005.
The Kyoto Protocol (KP) had a first commitment period of 2008-2012. The emissions reductions targets were laughable and compliance was a bit of a joke but this was in fact a legally binding international agreement
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Today we are calling on @transportgovuk to bring International #Aviation and #Shipping emissions formally within the UK’s #NetZero target.

It will have the very important effect of establishing a comprehensive legal framework for reducing UK emissions for the first time.
We recommend that the aviation and shipping sectors should themselves reach #NetZero, requiring a major effort from Government and industry. These are international challenges, requiring an international response, but bringing them into the UK target will drive the pace of change
#Shipping emissions can be reduced to zero or near zero through the use of alternative fuels. We have considered the use of hydrogen and ammonia for example.
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A quick take on today's Spending Review.

This was what HMT call an 'RDEL' event ( In other words, a review of government's resource spend. It isn't intended to move major capital programmes (that's for next year). It's also only a one-year review.
In these circumstances, it was always going to be difficult to achieve the major shifts in #netzero policies, many of which are infrastructure focused, few of which are about resource expenditure.

A cynic might say that achieving these shifts before an election is also unlikely.
Given the constraints of this Spending Review, there are some grounds for optimism.

The extra £30m for BEIS, which is receiving lots of negative attention, is 'admin' (ie staff) and programme expenditure. That's a potentially huge increase in staffing on #netzero. That's good.
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Digging around in the digital archives has inspired me to share some resources for anyone who only recently woke up to the #climatecrisis and/or anyone who needs a primer on what exactly #climatejustice is... here goes a wee THREAD
First of all the absolute basics. What is #climatejustice? Try this for starters:…
If you like pictures better than words then try this:…

(By the way a lot of what I'm sharing is *at least* 7 years old. To put in context of whatever "X years to save the world" donation appeal an NGO emailed you recently)
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